There are quite a variety of groups and resources which are relevant to multiple pregnancy, multiple birth loss in general, to specific situations, and to pregnancy, infant and child loss in general. More, really, than can be listed and kept accurately updated! These are some of the primary resources which have been of interest to our members. Most of them include links to many other related sites and sources of information; Dr. Pector’s site, especially, has extensive listings. The content of each of the sites below is, of course, completely their responsibility. In pursuing other links which you may find from them, all the usual net cautions apply, about using one’s judgment and critical thinking ability (and please see also our Warning section in regard to online contacts with others).
NOTE: Our Bibliography (which is our bibliography for the site as well as for multiple birth loss generally and contains print as well as online sources) is in the “About CLIMB” section of this site.
eLIMBO (electronicLoss In Multiple Birth Outreach)
…an online support group of bereaved multiple birth parents, most with the loss of one of their twins or higher multiples in pregnancy or infancy. Many members over the years are also members of CLIMB and have found it invaluable.
LAMBS (Loss of All in Multiple Birth Support)
…an e-mail support group of parents who have experienced the death of both twins or all their higher order multiples. It’s the only one of its kind, started by some of our members over 15 years ago, and it’s been invaluable to many.
Elizabeth A. Pector, MD
… includes articles on many aspects of multiple birth loss for parents and caregivers, and a resource listing, by a physician who is also a bereaved multiple birth parent.
TAMBA BSG (Bereavement Support Group)
… affiliated with the Twins And Multiple Births Association (England): peer support for loss in pregnancy and infancy, with the quarterly “Newsletter” and periodic meetings
Multiple Births Foundation
…among its publications, booklets for parents and professionals on complications of monochorionic twinning, bereavement, fetal reduction (multifetal pregnancy reduction) and selective fetocide (selective termination)
Also, a number of organizations – The Triplet Connection, Mothers of Supertwins, the TTTS Foundation, Fetal Hope Foundation and others – now have online discussion forums for some kinds of multiple birth loss.
…support (since 1977) for bereaved parents and families who have suffered a loss from miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, and assistance to caregivers. The website contains an extensive listing of links to groups and resources related to infant loss, and a listing of local SHARE infant loss support groups across the U.S. (and several in Canada), as well as information on SHARE’s resources.
The Compassionate Friends (TCF)
…support (since 1969) for parents and siblings grieving the loss of a child or children at any age from pregnancy through adulthood. The site contains some related resources and information on locating a local TCF chapter (there are quite a few across the U.S., and in many other countries). Some local chapters have additional meetings for parents with pregnancy and infant losses.
…another source of local support groups for pregnancy and infant loss, and other resources.
A Place to Remember
…many resources for infant loss, including books, memory boxes, and materials for dads, grandparents, siblings and caregivers. They offer “butterfly” birth announcements for multiples when one has died, which can be customized, and an announcement suitable for the loss of both or all the babies (“Our love has multiplied.”).